English translation: A Small Number of Police Officers Have Racial Discrimination Issues
Most Police Officers Are Fair to the Public
Police officers have their own views on racial discrimination, police mistakes, mass media, new immigrants and police training.
The police officers from Vancouver think most of their colleagues are fair to the public and only a very small number of the police officers have some attitude or behavior of racial discrimination.
Because of their challenging job, it is hard to avoid “classifying” people. However, behaviours of racial discrimination damage the police image. The police officers think that a system of racial discrimination does exist.
There is a positive atmosphere in the police station to suppress the tendency of racial discrimination. Most police officers believe that only a few cases involve racial discrimination. But they also admit that since the police are constantly in contact with many individuals who violate the social rules, it is easy to develop negative opinions about a certain group.
The police also agreed that a small number of their colleagues have inappropriate behaviours. However, they can only advise that these colleagues change or ask them to work with other officers. If they formally complain about a colleague to the supervisor, they may face exclusion by their peers, and management personnel are no exception. But they don't want to have misconduct in the police force, so they will watch this situation.
Police officers generally hope that they will be investigated by insiders for complaints. Because they generally feel that they are not well supported by their administration, they are concerned that the police may lose public trust by acknowledging that the police officer is wrong.
The police welcome the idea of police information centres in certain communities [There are ten community policing centres in Vancouver.], and think that they may be helpful for the police to communicate with the public. However, these centers will not be much use for the police to carry out their duties.
Some officers even think that some suspects may disguise their misconduct by criticizing the police for treating them discriminatorily.
Talking about the media, the police said that the media tend to report the facts in an oversentimental way. This damages the image of the police in the public eye. They believe that more communication with the media to distribute the opinions of the police will help improve their image.
The police think that part of the reason for the deteriorating relationship between the police and communities is caused by the Canadian Immigration policies. The new immigrants usually have a limited understanding about the laws and values of Canada. Some regulations allow new immigrants with criminal records to stay in Canada.
Training about different cultures will help to break down the stereotypes about racial groups. However, this training should not change the practices of the police. There is a consensus that more training about cultural differences and other cultures is necessary. They will help the police officers to better communicate with community members from various sectors.
The Vancouver police also said that the government is less concerned compared to the media and the public. Some members of the minority groups, acting as their leaders, criticized the police about some cases. The administration level of the police force was easily impacted by the pressure of public opinions. This was not fair to the lower-level officers.
They have worked very hard due to how some work has been assigned unreasonably. But the police officers still consider protecting the citizens as their primary duty.
The police said that patrols can be the most effective way to improve the relationship between the police and the public. There isn’t much opportunity to reach the citizens. The police hope for more opportunities to know the communities, rather than just dealing with criminals. The police said that 90% of the police officers’ time is usually spent dealing with 10% of the population.